Animal Talk

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Make sure your property is secure and that there is no way
your dog can escape. If your dog stays outside, they should be
confined to the back of the property – theft and poisoning are
very real dangers. Remove any items that could potentially harm
your dog (such as pieces of metal), or that they may target for
chewing. Your dog should have a sheltered, comfortable sleeping
area and plenty of fresh water.

Safety first

Say goodbye
A pilot study has shown that
petting your dog before leaving home
could assist in calming him during an
absence^2. Take a minute to sit calmly
with your dog before you leave and touch
him gently – this is not a time to excite
him. Similarly, when arriving home,
acknowledge your dog but don’t go
over the top with greetings. Save
that for when he’s settled down
a bit to reinforce calmer

Auditory options
Certain types of music have a calming effect

on dogs, so leave the stereo on when you leave

the house – a speaker near a window is fine
for outside dogs. Light classical music is best,
but there are also many options online of
relaxing dog music.


Get moving
Obesity is a growing concern
in dogs, and when left to their
own devices, many dogs will
spend most of the day lying
around. Walks, tossing toys
or tiny treats, agility at home
or simply running around the
garden and calling your dog to
follow you are all good options.

Dogs need to use their brains. Fortunately, there are a
multitude of treat-dispensing toys and puzzles available
for dogs, either to buy or make yourself – just search on
the internet. Training is also great, and it doesn’t have
to be hard. Simple games, like giving a treat for eye
contact, responding to being called, or a few sits are
hugely beneficial.

Start thinking

Chewing relieves tension
Look for chews that your dog
can enjoy safely when you’re
not home – stuffable toys such
as Kongs are a good option.
Otherwise, provide chews
when you’re home
to supervise.
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